Sen. Murray to reintroduce Wild Olympics bill

It would expand wilderness area in Olympic National Forest

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photoU.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

PORT ANGELES — Sen. Patty Murray plans to reintroduce Wild Olympics legislation that died in the last session of Congress.

Spokesman Sean Coit told the Peninsula Daily News Murray has worked to balance conservation and jobs.

The legislation would expand the wilderness area in the Olympic National Forest by about 200 square miles, creating a buffer around Olympic National Park. The legislation also would put 19 rivers under Wild and Scenic River protections.

The legislation is supported by the Quilcene-based Wild Olympics Campaign and opposed by the North Olympic Timber Action Committee.

New Rep. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor, who replaced bill co-sponsor Norm Dicks in Congress, has not yet taken a position on the latest Wild Olympics legislation.